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Updated Oct 22, 2018 

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Oct 22, 2018

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This week's question?

I just finished my screenplay, but it took me so long to finally do it. Any advice?


This week's Answer

Listening To Your Script

First, a big congratulations on actually finishing your script! There are many screenwriters who have never accomplished that feat. Don't be mistaken: It takes a lot of drive and tenacity (and sometimes a lot of coffee) to finish a screenplay. You must congratulate yourself for a deed well done. It can be an arduous process, especially if the writer is continually trying to make his or her script better. And why is that? Because one can always make a script better. No matter how many times you go through your script, you can always see a way to make it better. It's kind of a curse. That could be a good title for a horror: "The Curse of the Endless Script!" And, if you happen to be a perfectionist to boot, then you've got an even bigger challenge. "The Curse of the Endless Imperfect Script!" 

So, what do you do? Well, if the process of doing your best and letting go and letting a certain draft be the last and enough for you is too hard for you, then I suggest let this be your last script. Because it's going to happen again and again. But... if you can find a way to actually enjoy the process of writing and letting yourself write and improve it as long as the script needs, you'll definitely find your way and know when you've finished.  In case you weren't aware, scripts have their needs, too. Just spend some quiet time with your script and listen closely and you may be able to make out a voice coming from it, speaking to you, saying...


It sounds a little like the plant from "Little Shop of Horrors".


Doug Herman



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